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SHSU Update For Week Of Aug. 20


Journalism Major Wins Trip To Soccer All-Star Game

Gene Schallenberg
Gene Scallenberg, painted up in support of the Houston Dynamo, was one of three "ultimate fans" to win a trip to the MLS All-Star game last weekend in a contest sponsored by Sierra Mist.

SHSU journalism major Gene Schallenberg is an ultimate soccer fan, and his love of the Houston Dynamo won him an all-expense paid trip and two tickets to the Major League Soccer all-star game last weekend in Chicago.

Schallenberg won the trip, which included airfare, accommodations and a food and travel stipend, through the Sierra Mist Ultimate Fan contest, where participants chose their favorite soccer team and winners were selected at random for each of the 12 MLS teams. Three of those 12, who each received a $250 gift certificate for MLS apparel, were then selected at random to go to the All-Star game in Chicago as a national finalist.

In Chicago, the SHSU senior participated in a showcase where he received an official Houston Dynamo jersey and had the opportunity to meet Houston Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario. In addition, all three finalists participated in Chalk Talk, a luncheon where soccer player Freddy Adu was interviewed.

“He talked about life in the MLS, being on the U.S. National Team, and watching the World Cup from home,” Schallenberg said. “After the interview, the representative for Pepsi opened the floor for questions from those attending the Chalk Talk event.

“Afterwards, Freddy Adu took pictures with everyone there, as well as signed autographs,” he said, adding that Adu became the youngest player to play professional sports in America at the age of 14.

The final stage of the Ultimate Fan Contest was held during the All-Star game against the Chelsea Football Club from England on Saturday, which was aired on ESPN.

“Using cell phones, fans in the stadium and watching on TV would be able to text-in and vote for the Sierra Mist Ultimate Fan,” Schallenberg said. “In the end, I did not win the grand prize, which was a trip to the MLS Championship and the All-Star game next year, but that did not stop me from feeling like a winner.

“Being able to see the world’s best soccer players on an American stage was really great,” he said. “Especially being a soccer guy, this has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever had.”


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Fair To Introduce Administrators, Organizations

Students will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with many SHSU deans, vice presidents, and directors, as well as student organizations, during the Administrators' and Organizations’ Fair on Thursday (Aug. 24).

Beginning at 11 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area, administration members will be serving lunch provided by Aramark for students who are on a meal plan. Those who aren’t on a meal plan can also eat for a cost, according to Student Activities program coordinator Tiffany Flenoy.

In addition, approximately 30-35 organizations will be set up along the mall area to offer information about their group to potential members.

“Statistics and research show that students who get involved on campus have a higher success rate and a better retention rate at staying at their college and really enjoying their experience,” Flenoy said. “So it’s really important to make it your home and get involved in something so you don’t feel like you are just waking up and going to class every day.”

SHSU has 235 student organizations on campus for a wide variety of interests in which students can get involved. Information is available about organizations that are not able to participate in the fair because of space constraints in the Student Activities Office, located in LSC Suite 328.

For more information, call the 936.294.3861.


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Activities Lined Up For Welcome Week

The Office of Student Activities will introduce incoming freshmen to SHSU and welcome the rest of campus back for the fall semester.

"Welcome Week is an opportunity for the university to put its best foot forward with the students and give them a warm welcome to college life,” said program coordinator Brandon Cooper. “It's an opportunity to familiarize as well as entertain them while they are transitioning into their new surroundings.”

On Aug. 20, Student Activities will teach students about the many traditions at SHSU during Ravenfest, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quad. Prizes such as televisions and gift certificates will be given away and students who have a meal plan will be allowed to eat through Aramark Dining Services.

On Aug. 21-22, the office and KSAM radio will host Bearkat Mania from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“Huntsville businesses and organizations have booths and giveaways to familiarize students with what the community has to offer,” Cooper said.

Students will be able to try their luck with the annual Casino Night, on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom.

Games will include slot machines, black jack, craps and roulette, and participants will be given chips to play with that allow them a chance to win free prizes.

In addition, an expert on study skills will show students how to enhance their study habits and improve their grades with “Better Grades In Less Time” on Aug. 24.

The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

Events such as those held during Welcome Week help new students with the transition to college life while providing entertainment for both new and returning students, Cooper said.

“By attending these events, students walk away with a new perspective on what lies ahead for them at Sam Houston State University,” he said. “It also gives them a chance to learn things they didn't know previously and meet new people."

Welcome week will also include many other events, which will be held through Aug. 31. For a complete schedule of events, visit or call 936.294.3861.


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Professors To Give ‘Eastern Philosophies’

Sculptures, paintings, drawings and videos by two SHSU art professors created when both lived and worked on the East coast will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery beginning Monday (Aug. 21).

“Eastern Philosophy,” which will be held through Sept. 7, includes paintings and sculptures by SHSU assistant professor of ceramics Brian Benfer and paintings done in encaustic on wood, graphite drawings and video art by assistant professor of computer animation Michael Henderson.

Benfer, who lived and worked in New Jersey from 2001-2005, received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick in 2003.

After graduation, he taught and oversaw the ceramics program at Rutgers and also participated in ceramic symposiums in Latvia and Estonia with artists from around the world.

He came to Huntsville in 2005 to head the ceramics program.

Henderson moved to New York after receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1986.

As a fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program, he worked in a studio provided by the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1986-87 and stayed in New York after completing the program to work as an art preparator in museums and galleries in New York City.

He taught painting as a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas before coming to Huntsville in 2001 to teach computer animation.

Benfer and Henderson both deal with the notion of time and experience in their work, according to Debbie Davenport, art department slide librarian.

“Henderson organizes representational imagery into grid-like, narrative structures,” she said. “Benfer’s work, in contrast, is abstract and about the process of creation and the residual build up of forms over time.”

The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. A public gallery reception will be held on Thursday (Aug. 24), from 5-7 p.m.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located in Art Building F, at 1028 21st St.

For more information, contact Davenport at 936.294.1317.


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Theatre Department Goes To The ‘Grand Canyon’ Again

Senior theatre major Scott McCarrey takes on life, death, the afterlife and what comes in between in his play “Grand Canyon,” which will be presented Aug. 24-26 in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

Show times for the play, which will be the department of theatre and dance’s 2006-2007 participating entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, are at 8 p.m. each evening.

The play, directed by theatre staff member Larry Routh, tells a story about Abraham Lincoln, who embarks on a road trip to the Grand Canyon and along the way, picks up beat poet Jack Kerouac and former Russian dictator Joseph Stalin.

The three men journey on toward the Grand Canyon, all the while debating a multitude of topics, including life, death, legacy and fast food.

The cast includes Garrett Graham as Lincoln, Steven Chambers as Kerouac and Cody Hinson as Stalin.
Tickets are $8 and may be taken at the door.

The play contains adult content and language, and no children under the age of three will be admitted.

For more information, call the UTC Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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Student Works On ‘Idea House’ For Internship

The work of a SHSU interior design student was recently featured in Southern Living magazine.

Rachel Wilson, who graduated Aug. 5, worked on one of Southern Living’s Idea Houses featured in a 59-page spread in the magazine’s August 2006 issue for one month as part of her internship with By Design, Inc.

The site of the house, located in the Traditions subdivision on Villa Maria in Bryan, Texas, as well as the architect, the house plan and the interior designers were all chosen by the magazine for the issue, according to Wilson.

“I basically helped the designers catalog every item that we unpacked and put into the house,” she said. “We had to keep track of everything because everything in the house is for sale. I also assisted the designers in placing the items in the home.”

“It was an exciting but intense experience, and she definitely expects to benefit from it, now and in the future,” said Janis White, family and consumer sciences department chair.

Wilson was accepted into the graduate program for construction management at Texas A&M University for the fall, and said her future career goals include serving as a project manager for a construction company.

To take a virtual tour of the Texas Idea House, visit,13676,1208277,00.html.


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Clinics To Teach Techniques For Climbing Wall

Climbing wall
Students scale the 34-foot rock climbing wall at the Health and Kinesiology Center. Climbing the wall is free on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., when Rec Sports hosts Vertical Happy Hour.

The Department of Recreational Sports and Outdoor Recreation is encouraging students, faculty and staff to utilize the “born climbers” in us all by hosting a variety of clinics and events at the Health and Kinesiology Center’s Rock Climbing Wall throughout the semester.

“We all climbed trees as kids,” said Stephen Thompson, Rec Sports assistant director for Outdoor Recreation.
“It’s great way to learn about yourself.

“You’d be surprised when people stand at the bottom of the climbing wall and look up (and think), “there’s no way I can do this,” how different they feel about themselves when they come down realizing that they actually can,” he said.

Every Thursday while school is in session, beginning Thursday (Aug. 24), the department hosts Rec Sports Vertical Happy Hour from 6-7 p.m.

During this time, the normal fees associated with the 34-foot rock-climbing wall are waived for participants, according to Thompson.

Potential climbers do not have to have climbing experience to take part in the happy hour.

If you would rather learn about the techniques involved in rock climbing before taking a stab at happy hour, the department hosts several clinics teaching climbing movements throughout the semester.

Top-rope belay clinics, which teach the technique of using the rope to support someone else as they climb, will be held Monday and Wednesday (Aug. 21 and 23), from 4-5 p.m., as well as various times throughout the year.

In addition, the department will teach lead climbing, the technique of setting your own protection as you climb the wall and is considered more advanced climbing, and clinics on climbing movement.

All climbing clinics are $5, are held at the Rock Climbing Wall and provide a one-year certification pending the passing of a skills test at the end of the session.Certification is required for those who want to climb above the “bouldering” level during open climbing hours, which are Sunday through Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 3-5 p.m.

For more information, call Thompson at 936.294.3656.


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Sorority To Give Safe Dating Advice

The Lambda Eta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., will give students tips for “Safe Dating” on Wednesday (Aug. 23).

The program, which will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater, will include Elizabeth Charrier, counseling psychologist at the SHSU Counseling Center, and Doug Stewart, who teaches martial arts in the Health and Kinesiology Center.

Charrier will address how to develop healthy relationships while in college, how to notice when a relationship becomes abusive and what do if a relationship becomes abusive.

Stewart will show the students how to protect themselves if they are ever attacked while on a date or just while on campus.

“The purpose of our safe dating program is to make the students of Sam Houston State University aware of the possible dangers of dating and how to avoid being a victim of date violence,” said Kristen Jones, second vice president of Zeta Phi Beta.

The program is open to both males and females.

For more information, contact Jones at


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Aug. 20, 2006
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